EurekAlert: New website maps California power plants, emissions, people

EurekAlert: New website maps California power plants, emissions, people . “Which power plant in your region is the worst polluter and who lives nearby? A new interactive, map-based website launching today (November 15) allows users to explore and analyze data on power plants by viewing information such as location, operations and emissions — alone or in relation to other data, including local demographics and environmental justice indicators.”

Lifehacker: Get Real-Time Smoke Reports From the California Wildfires Using These Maps

Lifehacker: Get Real-Time Smoke Reports From the California Wildfires Using These Maps. “In addition to the obvious fire danger, all three fires are creating a substantial amount of smoke that can pose a health and safety risk to those who live nearby, even when that ‘nearby’ in a few hundred miles from where the fire is burning. In San Francisco, for instance, the smoke smell is overwhelming at points despite the fires being rather far away. Those with asthma and other breathing issues have also been advised to use face masks when they go outside and limited their exposure to the smoky air.”

UC Food Observer: A California Archive Project Provides Access To Historic Ag & Community Records

UC Food Observer: A California Archive Project Provides Access To Historic Ag & Community Records. “Imagine more than 100 years of research and crop reports, records and photographs documenting the development of California agriculture and the state’s communities. What might researchers be able to learn about how to respond to current and future challenges from the historical record? The possibilities seem endless.”

MapLight: MapLight Unveils New Tool to Track Money in California Politics Ahead of Midterm Election

MapLight: MapLight Unveils New Tool to Track Money in California Politics Ahead of Midterm Election. “MapLight unveiled a new resource today for tracking money in California politics ahead of next month’s election. The California Political Money Tracker provides a user-friendly layout that displays overall campaign contributions as well as independent expenditures supporting and opposing candidates for state office.”

Techdirt: The Entire Broadband Industry Just Sued California For Daring To Protect Net Neutrality

Techdirt: The Entire Broadband Industry Just Sued California For Daring To Protect Net Neutrality. “As expected, the broadband industry filed suit against the state of California today over the state’s shiny new net neutrality law. The lawsuit (pdf), filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of California, echoes many of the same arguments made in the DOJ’s own recent lawsuit against the state.”

Engadget: California bans default passwords on any internet-connected device

Engadget: California bans default passwords on any internet-connected device. “In less than two years, anything that can connect to the internet will come with a unique password — that is, if it’s produced or sold in California. The ‘Information Privacy: Connected Devices’ bill that comes into effect on January 1, 2020, effectively bans pre-installed and hard-coded default passwords. It only took the authorities about two weeks to approve the proposal made by the state senate.”

Washington Post: The Trump administration is suing California to quash its new net neutrality law

Washington Post: The Trump administration is suing California to quash its new net neutrality law. “The Trump administration said Sunday it will sue California in an effort to block what some experts have described as the toughest net neutrality law ever enacted in the United States, setting up a high-stakes legal showdown over the future of the Internet.”